I love bread. I don’t care if it’s technically not awesome for you. It’s yummy, especially slathered in butter. I’d happily eat that as a snack, or an occasional meal when I don’t want something big. Give me two, or an occasional three nice slices of Italian bread and coat that sucker up in butter. Don’t skimp out. Outside of the bread being super soft and fresh (homemade or not), the next most important part is the butter.
Sometimes you want something different and that’s when garlic bread is perfect. A little something extra added to the already perfect snack or side… or meal. This is one of those times it’s totally okay to change the already perfect item. Because yes, bread and butter is perfect but this dresses it up. And it’s shockingly easy!
Okay so the first time I attempted homemade garlic bread (this method) I was multi-tasking with dinner. Too many things going on at once that were suppose to be done at the same time. I swear I don’t usually have these kinds of issues but bread is finicky and if you aren’t paying close attention to it… well let’s just say the outcome isn’t pretty. I didn’t bother to eat it. I tossed it with a pout and a few pathetic tweets. I’m not alone. We all have our disasters but it seems that much worse when it’s something you really were looking forward to and hoping to turn out fantastic.
On the bright side, the next time I made it the final product was fantastic – thus the post! I want to share yummy food and recipes, not failures. Failures make us human but who wants to see someone else’s burnt garlic bread? Not appetizing. This garlic bread is slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. A perfect blend. It’s truly delicious and very easy. Best of all – it’s great even after it’s been sitting out for a while. Oh and great for a big dinner! A little messy, but when you get over that … the taste totally makes up for any mess you may experience while eating it. Just be sure to have some napkins or wet wipes on hand. Don’t let that deter you from making it.
1 loaf fresh Italian bread (I used a small 7oz loaf - double remaining ingredients for a large loaf)
1/2C butter, softened
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp parsley
1/4C Parmesan - optional
Preheat oven to the broil setting. Halve your loaf of bread. Mix softened butter, garlic and parsley in a small bowl. Spread mixture over both halves of bread well.
On a baking sheet, broil bread for 2 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut into thick slices.